Two water mains break in Portland, lane closed on West Burnside

Two water mains break in Portland, lane closed on West Burnside
A water main broke Monday near West Burnside Street and Southwest Barnes Road.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Two water mains broke Monday afternoon in Portland.

According to Portland Water Bureau spokesperson Terry Black, an 8-inch cast iron pipe broke near the intersection of West Burnside Street and Southwest Barnes Road.

One of the eastbound lanes of West Burnside Street will remain closed into Tuesday as crews work to repair the pipe. Black said crews hope to have the pipe repaired by midday Tuesday.

Drivers are urged to avoid the area but traffic controls are in place to help guide them through the area.

The second main break, which was another 8-inch cast iron pipe, was near the intersection of North Fortune Avenue and North Hudson Street.

The break has been repaired and water service was restored.

It's unknown what caused the mains to break. Black said they do not appear to be weather-related.